A Negroni Is The Best Cocktail To Drink That It Has Its Own Week To Celebrate – So Here’s How To Drink It
The majestic elixir comprised of three ingredients: Gin, Campari and sweet vermouth , is one of the world’s greatest cocktails. The Negroni, which recently had its 100th birthday, has been on the rise. A mixture that is refreshing- not too boozy, resulting in a balance between sweet and savory, also known as true harmony. It is the perfect pre-dinner cocktail, afternoon sip, or anything in between. The Negroni is a drink for all occasions and any time of day. When Imbibe Magazine launched Negroni Week in 2013 in an effort to raise money for charitable causes around the world, it solidified why Negroni is the best cocktail.
From September 18- 24, bars and restaurants globally will stir classic Negronis and Negroni variations for a cause and show you how to drink it. This year, the event is raising money and awareness for Slow Food, an organization with a mission where everyone can enjoy food and beverage that is good for them, good for the people who grow it, and good for the planet. Click here for a listing of bars and restaurants participating in Negroni Week.
What also makes a Negroni the best cocktail is its versatility. Different gins and vermouths can modify the taste. Gin can get swapped out for tequila, or bourbon to make a boulevardier. Below are variations of the perfect cocktail to help you enjoy and sip at home or to enjoy at one of the participating bars and restaurants. Cheers!
Add the gin, Martini & Rossi Rosso, and Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale Bitter into a mixing glass with ice and stir for 15 to 20 seconds until well-chilled. Next, strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Gently squeeze an orange twist or slice over the glass, then add it as a garnish. Serve and enjoy.
- 1 oz Martini & Rossi Bianco
- 1 oz gin
- Dash of bitter
- 1 oz topped with lemon juice
Add the gin, Martini & Rossi Bianco, Bitter, into a mixing glass with ice and stir for 15 to 20 seconds until well-chilled. Next, Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Then, gently add lemon juice, and then add lemon twist it as a garnish. Serve and enjoy.
Add the gin, Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale Bitter, Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale Rubino, into a mixing glass with ice and stir for 15 to 20 seconds until well-chilled. Then, Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Next, gently add orange twist it as a garnish. Serve and enjoy.
Salty Smoked S’mores Boulevardier
- 1.5 oz Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve Bourbon
- 1 oz Campari
- 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
- .5 oz Creme de Cacao
- 3 Dash Chocolate Bitters
- Pinch of Sea Salt
Garnish: Rim side of rocks glass with melted chocolate, before it hardens, roll glass in powdered graham cracker. Garnish with speared smoked marshmallow
Stir all ingredients with ice. Light a marshmallow on fire, cover with rocks glass to extinguish and capture smoke. Strain cocktail into glass, garnish and serve immediately.
By Jungle Bird
- 1 oz Mezcal Union Uno infused with strawberries and hibiscus
- 1 oz Dolin Rouge Vermouth
- 1 oz Campari
- 6 drops Black Pepper Tincture
Pour ingredients in a glass and stir. Garnish with a lime peel.
Negroni on Holiday
By Dear Irving
- 5 oz Spiced Papaya Puree (papaya, cinnamon, vanilla, black pepper)
- .5 oz Campari
- .25 oz Lime
- .5 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 5 oz Cachaca
Build ingredients into cocktail glass and serve on crushed ice with lime zest and black pepper.